Manchester Academy 2 was packed from the wall to wall for one of the best shows i’ve seen from start to finish. The K’s sold out the 900 capacity venue with queues stretching down Oxford Road eagerly waiting for the doors to open. This show has been long awaited and has been the centre of everyone’s diaries.

Ryan Jarvis opened the show adorning a gold sequin jacket and his famous white jeans. He has very rapidly become on of Manchester favourite artists and since joining forces with a full band he has perfected his sound. Jarvis got the party started and the room was filling it very quickly already.

Narrow Margin took to the stage to the sound of hundreds of screaming fans all pushing to the front. Narrow Margin created a frenzy in the crowd with people on top of shoulders and all dancing and bumping into each other. They recently released their debut single ‘Oxford Street’ which has been received incredibly (We reviewed it here) and this show was the perfect way to release it to their fans.

The K’s entered the stage with an energy and excitement that i’ve rarely seen from a band at this level. They looked genuinely shocked by the reaction and the love from the packed out venue and soaked up every second of it and shared every moment. The four-piece from Earlestown has shot to notoriety in the last 18 months since forming.

Their catchy riffs and high intensity is infectious from the off and causes such chaos that frontman Jamie Boyle has to warn the crowd to “look after yourselves” after the first few songs. The K’s commanded the stage like seasoned professionals and bounced off each other like they’ve been doing it for the last 10 years. Bassist Dexter Baker teased the crowd with the iconic bassline from Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain and Boyle teased them with Dirty Old Town by The Dubliners before kicking into a frenzy.

The K’s were perhaps the most ‘complete’ band i’ve seen recently and standing in the audience watching that performance didn’t feel far apart from standing and watching acts like DMA’S. I expect nothing but success from this band and it is clear they’re enjoying every second of the ride.

Written by: Stuart Daley